Madeleine Albright

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Madeleine Albright is a Czech-born American politician.


  • I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.

She expressed regret for this remark in her 2003 autobiography, where she wrote:

  • I must have been crazy; I should have answered the question by reframing it and pointing out the inherent flaws in the premise behind it... As soon as I had spoken, I wished for the power to freeze time and take back those words. My reply had been a terrible mistake, hasty, clumsy, and wrong... I had fallen into a trap and said something that I simply did not mean. That is no one’s fault but my own.
    • Albright, Madeleine (2003). "Madam Secretary".
  • In 2006, in an interview on the Bush administration's foreign policies, Madeleine Albright was reported as saying "I'm for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below."
  • "Democracy is a form of government - it's not a ticket to some fantasy land where all evil is vanquished and everyone agrees with us.
    • In a 2006 speech at Princeton University, entitled "Promoting Democracy: 14 Points for the 21st Century." [2]
  • While not everything is the United States's fault, our lack of attention to many of issues in the Middle East – except for Iraq – has not helped the [Lebanon–Israel] situation.
  • "I hope I'm wrong, but I am afraid that Iraq is going to turn out to be the greatest disaster in American foreign policy–worse than Vietnam, not in the number of deaths, but in terms of its unintended consequences and its reverberation throughout the region."
  • "I can't think of an area where things have improved in the last five years. One of the things that troubles me is the certainty with which the Bush administration is convinced that God is on their side and that they are following a very specific plan."
    • Excerpts from an interview published in July 24, 2006 by Newsweek International.[3]
  • We can’t be playing with matches in the middle of oil fields.
    • On the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
  • Armageddon is not a foreign policy.
    • On the Colbert Report
  • There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.
    • "Celebrating Inspiration" luncheon with WNBA, July 12, 2006. [4]

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